Unveiling Groix: The Hidden Island Gem off the Coast of Morbihan

In the heart of the Bay of Biscay, bathed by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, is Groix. This island, the island jewel of Morbihan, reveals a natural and cultural treasure of striking beauty. Let yourself be enchanted by its wild landscapes, its maritime traditions and its authentic charm, for a timeless experience, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

By Jeanne Leclerc, editor specializing in tourism and heritage, expert on the island of Groix.

A little-known pearl of Brittany

Located on the south coast of Brittany, a stone’s throw from Lorient, the island of Groix has many surprises in store for its visitors. Although less famous than its Breton neighbors, it nonetheless remains a natural and cultural gem which is well worth the detour.

How to access it?

To join Groix, simply take a boat from Lorient. The crossing, lasting around thirty minutes, already allows you to immerse yourself in an atmosphere of calm and escape. Upon arrival at the port of Groix, the charm of the island takes effect instantly.

Between wild nature and picturesque villages

Groix is ​​known for its contrasting landscapes. To the west, spectacular cliffs and sheltered coves form a wild and rugged coastline. To the east, we discover fine sandy beaches, such as the Grands Sables beach, unique in Europe due to its convex shape.

The heart of the island also has its share of treasures. The typical hamlets, ancient chapels and megaliths bear witness to a rich history and authentic island life.

A paradise for hiking enthusiasts

With its 15 km² of surface area, Groix lends itself ideally to hiking and bike rides. The marked trails allow you to discover the many facets of the island, between agricultural land and rocky coasts.

Here are some must-sees for nature lovers:

  • The coastal path offering breathtaking panoramas of the ocean.
  • The François Le Bail nature reserve.
  • The villages of Locmaria and Kerlard, charming with their whitewashed houses.

An island of garnets

Nicknamed “the island of garnets” thanks to the ancients garnet deposits present on site, Groix offers remarkable mineral wealth. Geology and mineral enthusiasts can still find specimens of this mineral on some beaches.

Activities for all tastes

Groix offers a multitude ofactivities to suit all tastes:

  • Nautical sports : kayaking, sailing, scuba diving.
  • Tastings local products: pancakes, cider and fresh fish.
  • Cultural visits : island ecomuseum, chapels and historical monuments.

Where to stay?

For lovers of comfort, many quality accommodations are available. Whether charming guest rooms or cozy hotels, everyone will find what they are looking for for an unforgettable stay on this enchanting island.

In summary, Groix is ​​an ideal destination for those seeking to combine rest, discovery and escape, in a preserved natural setting imbued with serenity.

For more information: www.groix.fr